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Word Up! Theatrefolk Snag Grammy Noms

The 43rd annual Grammy nominees announced last week included works read by some of acting's most respected names, including James Earl Jones, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, and Susan Sarandon.

Best spoken-word album for narrated/dramatized books listed five nominees:

• "The Complete Shakespeare Sonnets," by various artists including Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart, and Al Pacino.

• "Married To Laughter—A Love Story," by Jerry Stiller featuring Stiller and Anne Meara.

• "The Measure Of A Man," by Sidney Poitier, read by Poitier.

• Jack Kerouac's "On The Road," read by Matt Dillon.

• Steve Martin's "Shopgirl," read by Martin.

Best spoken-word album for children, albums consisting of predominantly spoken-word recordings as opposed to music or song, nominated the following five works:

• "The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey," by Susan Wojciechowski, narrated by James Earl Jones.

• "Dinosongs: Poems to Celebrate a T. Rex Named Sue," by K.M. Crotty, told by Susan Sarandon.

• "Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire," by J.K. Rowling, read by Tony-winner Jim Dale.

• Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," read by Paul Newman.

• Liam Neeson's reading of "The Polar Express," by Chris Van Allsburg.

Other nominations for best musical show album, compilation soundtrack, score soundtrack album, and song as listed by The Hollywood Reporter, are as follows:

Musical Show Album

• Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida," Guy Babylon, Paul Bogaev, Frank Filipetti & Chris Montan, producers; Tim Rice, lyricist; Elton John, composer; Original Broadway Cast.

• "Kiss Me, Kate," Hugh Fordin, Paul Gemignani & Don Sebesky, producers; Cole Porter, lyricist & composer; Brian Stokes Mitchell & Marin Mazzie with New Broadway Cast.

• Meredith Willson's "The Music Man," Hugh Fordin, producer; Meredith Willson, lyricist & composer; New Broadway Cast.

• "Swing!" Steven Epstein, producer; various lyricists & composers; Original Cast Recording.

• "The Wild Party," Phil Ramone, producer; Michael John LaChiusa, lyricist & composer; Original Cast with Toni Collette, Mandy Patinkin & Eartha Kitt.

Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

• "Almost Famous," various artists.

• "Fantasia/2000," James Levine Conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

• "High Fidelity," various artists.

• "Magnolia," Aimee Mann.

• "The Sopranos," various artists.

Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

• "American Beauty," Thomas Newman, composer.

• "The Cider House Rules," Rachel Portman, composer.

• "Gladiator," Lisa Gerrard & Hans Zimmer, composers.

• "Magnolia," Jon Brion, composer.

• "Toy Story 2," Randy Newman, composer.

Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

• "The Great Beyond" (From "Man on the Moon"), Peter Buck, Mike Mills & Michael Stipe, songwriters (R.E.M.).

• "Independent Women Part I" (From "Charlie's Angels"), Samuel Barnes, Beyonce Knowles, Jean Claude Olivier & Corey Rooney, songwriters (Destiny's Child).

• "Save Me" (From "Magnolia"), Aimee Mann, songwriter (Aimee Mann).

• "Things Have Changed" (From "Wonder Boys"), Bob Dylan, songwriter (Bob Dylan).

• "When She Loved Me" (From "Toy Story 2"), Randy Newman, songwriter (Sarah McLachlan).

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